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Poster: MattWallner Date: Feb 19, 2009 9:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

What if you cover up the watermark with a different logo? How does the copyright work on public domain movies released on DVD? Are they no longer for public use once they are released? If you cover it up, can anybody tell?

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Poster: Fact_Checker Date: Sep 29, 2009 7:14pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

I have written an answer to the above question about watermarks (and the same question in some other message threads) in:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=267078

This post was modified by Fact_Checker on 2009-09-30 02:14:22

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Feb 19, 2009 10:18pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

If you remove or cover the watermark it should be ok to use. Essentially there is no way to claim copyright just by putting a movie on DVD. Companies use watermarks to mark their territory on the DVDs and if you use the film with their logo they can get you for trademark infringement. They only have a copyright on the compilation, order and packaging of their DVDs.

Mill Creek have gotten out of watermarking after much customer complaining. Only their 2006-2007 releases were watermarked. I believe they did it because their packs were becoming a one stop public domain dvd business starter kit for content.

It would be rich for them to have a "problem" with you removing/concealing their watermark. They are well known for reframing movies that were watermarked by other PD distributors (Alpha, etc).

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Poster: MattWallner Date: Feb 20, 2009 10:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

Is "Don't Go in the House" in the public domain?

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Poster: MattWallner Date: Feb 19, 2009 10:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

Thank you so much! An amazingly fast response. I am interested in riffing the film for a rifftrax.com contest and can easily remove the watermark...thanks!..and what a bad movie...